Line of sight test shows “blind curve” likely not a factor.
The speed limit on Jefferson just west of the crash is 40mph (it is 35mph 50 feet east of the crash scene). According to a stopping distance calculator, at 40mph, stopping distance is 76 feet.
The video above was shot last night at 10:30pm. In the video:
- my top speed driving was 40mph.
- 3 people were holding 4 standard blinky lights for this experiment
- the street light above the crash location was still out
Distances are verified using this map of the crash scene using telephone poles as markers on the road.
The camera was placed in the passenger’s seat which means that the line of sight of the camera is actually not as good as a person sitting in the driver’s seat would have.
You can also see that the blinky lights are spread out from the parking / right turn lane inside the solid line and the number 2 lane (right lane). Had people been in the number one lane the line of sight would have been even clearer.
ongoing investigation and video on the Midnightridazz thread: